What Are You Listening To?

  • Wilco's playing a live show right now.

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    Makes me want to bust out their albums again.

  • Needed more Prince in my life.

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    It's the second album compiled from his vault. Collection of demos for songs he wrote for other artists in the '80s.

  • PUP's Morbid Stuff is a blast. Super exciting pop punk record, with playful lyrics and catchy motifs scattered all over it. Haven't listened to many new albums this year so far, but this is the best one so far for me.

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    Also listened to Guerilla Toss' GT Ultra. The first thing I thought when trying to come up with how to describe this album is if LCD Soundsystem went full drug addict crazy. Not necessarily accurate, for sure. It feels way longer that it actually is, and not in a bad way. It's so thick, full of sound at all times.

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  • Watched Batman Returns early this month, which introduced me to Siouxsie and the Banshees. Been listening to their '80s albums the last couple of days.

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    I'm a big punk fan. Def more into the hardcore era than I am the pop punk of the 1990s to 2000s but there is some good stuff in there too. A good way to ease in is to start with like OG punk from England like The Clash and move onto the 2 Tone Ska kinda stuff like The Specials then eventually with time you'll end up listening to FEAR, Bad Brains, The Addicts, Gorilla Biscuits, etc.

    Basically... play the THPS games growing up until you accidentally become a hip hop, punk, metal head all in one

  • @dipset You know what... Playing the old THPS games in order to catch up with those music genres sounds like a great idea (I only played minutes of THPS 2 and 4). Hitting multiple birds with one stone. I need to find a way to play those games soon, it would be so easy if someone made them available in current gen consoles... cough Activision cough

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    It unfortunately won’t happen cause the contract between Tony Hawk and Activision was a multi-year deal that expired so that means neither can release a game under that branding.

    I rebuilt my Tony Hawk collection from 2012-2014. Every game store has them.

    My favourite soundtracks are: THUG, THAW, THPS4, THPS3

  • Listened to New Order's Power, Corruption and Lies for the first time... and I'm in love with this record, it's so damn good! It keeps bouncing back and forth between upbeat and slow, yet it never loses the catchyness of it all. My clear favorite right now is probably We All Stand. I'm so excited to listen to their other records, but I'm still hooked on replaying this one over and over.

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  • This is so pleasant and nostalgic-sounding. Spotify recommendations nailed it on this one.

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  • Listened to The Black Keys' Let's Rock. It's not the big thing I wanted it to be, but that's fine. It never really reached the highs of their best work, but it never got boring either. No obvious stand outs and downfalls. It's consistently solid, with good hooks in each song. Feels like a safe effort, for sure.

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  • Didn't expect to massively enjoy Mark Ronson's Late Night Feelings, but I did. Stellar production, effective instrumentations, and great singer choices (Angel Olsen hype! She's doesn't even stand out too much here which speaks great things about the other singers' performance). One hell of a pop record.

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  • I first heard of Little Simz on Gorillaz' Garage Place song (which I really, really liked), and I've had her latest album, GREY Area, on my to-listen list for a while. I should have listened to this sooner, because oh boy I'm in love with this album. She executed every idea perfectly here, there's not even a single moment when she misses the mark. Nothing overstayed their welcome, it's all shock and awe. Easily my favorite album of this year so far. Been 3 years since I'm thinking about a 10/10 rating for an album, but I need more re-listens which I will gladly do.

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  • Finally got around to listening to Humanz.

    It's... okay.

  • A musical highlight of the Glinny's Cauldron group stream:

  • @faaip yeah, it's been a decade since I've been able to say that.

  • Listened to The Fall. Had been putting it off since I heard it was just some dumb thing crapped out of an ipad but I liked it a lot. I'd say it's a bit better than The Now Now probably. Favorite songs were Little Pink Plastic Bags, The Parish of Space Dust and Bobby in Phoenix.

  • @hanabi My problem with the Fall was that most of the songs felt forgettable. The only ones I liked were Detroit (my home town) amd Phoenix w/ Bobby Womack,

  • I really enjoyed YBN Cordae's The Lost Boy. Filled with catchy moments and chill vibes instrumentals.

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    I have also been playing the Red Dead Redemption 2 OST to death. Mountain Banjo is underrated.

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    This was one of my most anticipated albums of the year, and I'm glad to say it doesn't disappoint. I love how radically different it feels than IRIDESCENCE, while still feeling like a natural progression. If Iridescence was Brockhampton at its most chaotic and vulnerable, then Ginger feels like the aftermath. It feels like Brockhampton finally comes to terms, and begins to healthily cope with, the loss of Ameer in this album.

    It's a little messy at points, but musically it is Brockhampton at their most mature. That's not to say they were ever immature, but they feel much more laid back and less in your face. This is especially evident in the production, and I'm kinda blown away by how much Romil, Jabari and Kiko have grown over the past two years.

    Alright, I'm gonna go over my opinion on every song because I'm bored and it seems fun:

    NO HALO: This is an excellent track. Merlyn sings a little bit (I think for the first time), and all the verses are great. This is Matt in top form.
    SUGAR: This kind of sounds like something off of Kevin's solo album, which isn't a bad thing. It's just so damn catchy, and features Bearface in his natural element. Probably one of my favorite BH tracks, and is my second favorite of the album.
    BOY BYE: Three-for-three with this one. It's one of the few Saturation-energy tracks on the album, and is just a really good time. I'm not a huge fan of Bearface's verse, but the rest easily makes up for it.
    HEAVEN BELONGS TO YOU: This is one of the first tracks that I could take or leave. Don't get me wrong, I love slowthai and I think he did a great job, but I don't think it really contributes to the album as a whole. I like how it connects to If You Pray Right, but I would have preferred it if they were just part of the same song.
    ST. PERCY: At first I didn't like this track, but after repeated listens, I've grown to appreciate it. It's dirty, abrasive, and I love the sample they used for the chorus. I'm not a fan of Kevin's verse, but Bearface makes up for it by rapping.
    IF YOU PRAY RIGHT: This is probably my second least favorite track on the album. I think all of the pieces individually are fine, but when put together they just don't work for me. I also can't get behind the trumpet they used. That said, I really like the outro (mostly because it reminds me of Boards of Canada).
    DEARLY DEPARTED: This is easily the best track on the album, and is maybe my favorite BH track period. Dom rips into Ameer with J'ouvert levels of intensity, and I love every second of it. My only problem with it is that while Dom, Joba, and Kevin are clearly talking about Ameer, Matt isn't. His verse isn't bad, it just doesn't fit with the rest of the track to me. Also the high-notes Joba hits are legendary.
    I BEEN BORN AGAIN: As a single I'm not a huge fan of this track, but when in the context of the album I kind of enjoy it. I think it's a nice, fun track after the intensity of Dearly Departed.
    GINGER: This is the most boyband-y song BH has ever made, but that's not a bad think. It's super catchy, and the production reminds me of Postal Service. You can't go wrong with Postal Service.
    BIG BOY: I'm pretty conflicted on this one. One one hand this is Joba at his finest, but on the other hand it has the worst chorus of the album. It perfectly illustrates one of my problems with Kevin as a songwriter: he'll throw things into a track without expanding upon them at all, throwing off the rhythm of the track. I know absolutely nothing about his cousin. He has never talked about his cousin. You can't say "you don't shine like my cousin" in a track that has nothing to do with him, and not at least explain a little.
    LOVE ME FOR LIFE: This kind of seems like BH's take on a basic trap song, and it kind of doesn't work. This is another one of those songs where I like all of the parts individually, but put them together and it feels disjointed and weird. It just feels a bit messy. This is my least favorite track of the album.
    VICTOR ROBERTS: This is an excellent closer. It features a verse from a previously unheard of rapper, and kind of puts the whole thing in perspective. I love the chorus, and the production is the most restrained it has been, resulting in an incredibly satisfying build.

    Is this my favorite Brockhampton record? Probably not. That said, when it shines, it shines really fucking bright.